Hot Summer Happenings

 Article Donna Bunce  There are no lack of options for fun summer happenings in our community. Whether enjoying the 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing competition in Huntington Beach, the world-renowned Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach or celebrating our nation’s founding on July 4th through planned events at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina or watching for participating in the Newport Beach Yacht Club’s “Old Glory” Boat Parade, you will be entertained.   Festival of Arts – July 5 – September 1 | Pageant of the Masters – July 7 – September 1

Making a Difference

 Article Dawn Bonker  At Chapman, graduates don’t just earn diplomas, they also leave legacies big and small on campus and beyond.  At Chapman, graduates don’t just earn diplomas, they also leave legacies big and small on campus and beyond. Here, we introduce a few of the many from the Class of 2018, whose contributions made the world a little bit brighter.

Mixology Renaissance

 Article Chef Jessica Roy  Cucumber Orange Cooler  A perfect summertime recipe calls for sunglasses, great weather, and, of course, a great cocktail. Here at the Renaissance, we have an amazing beverage program that showcases “hand crafted cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices and house made syrups,” says Kevin Goodchild, our Director of Beverage and Food. Our cocktails are a reflection of the spirit of the hotel where we bring our visions to life and lead our guests on a path of discovery.

America’s Patriot City

 Article Andrea Poe  Long before Tom Brady’s winning team became synonymous with Boston patriots, this city on the banks of the Charles River was a hub for men and women of action. In 1630, Puritans established a foothold along the harbor and 150 years later the American Revolution was launched. Our country’s history is wrapped up in this remarkable city along with newer additions, which only add to its fascinating attraction.  If Paul Revere and his fellow patriots returned to Boston today, they would surely recognize many of the brick-lined streets and likely be grateful that the city’s focus on bold ideas endures.

A True VIP Experience

 Article Randy Harding  One of the great things about being a VIP at The Gardens is that you might have the chance to play for a while with one of your favorite celebrities or an Academy Award-winning producer like John Landau.  There’s a new place to hang out and have some fun in Orange County. The Gardens Casino, located in Hawaiian Gardens, is only a 25-minute drive away and offers a great deal of entertainment options. They include a weekly filming of Poker Night Live (airing on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday and Friday evenings), a VIP lounge with reclining chairs, giant television screens, and a shower where VIP players can recharge during marathon card sessions.

Royal Hen: A Local Seaside Gem

 Article Jessica Roy  The Royal Hen, nestled into the idyllic village-esque location on Balboa Island, offers vivid red iron gates that draw you into a stylish bistro-like space that has the feel of a classic English countryside. A perfect spot for a night out, Royal Hen greets you with hospitality and welcoming service as soon as you walk through the door.  Owned by a doctor and operated by “Boss Hen” Cynthia Shafer on a daily basis, the concept and vision of the restaurant is simple:

July 2018 Around Town

Gingers Honored at Guilds Fundraiser The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts took their annual fundraiser to Balboa Bay Resort for an “Afternoon on the Bay: Celebrating Creativity and Arts.” Toni and John Ginger were honored for their heartfelt support of the Center, as John recently completed his term as Board Chairman, and an Inspiration … Continued

Kudos to Reader’s in the Outfield

 Article Ana Launes | Photography Tony Lattimore, Ana Launes  The Literacy Project (TLP), founded by Sue Grant, is a non-profit organization which provides a solid foundation of English skills to second grade students suffering from a “literacy gap,” as the organization calls it. The non-profit offers a reading program used in classrooms across Orange County, Long Beach County, Los Angeles and Coachella school districts.  TLP, through its comprehensive program of reading games and collaborative learning methods, conducts 30 one-hour sessions, five days a week, during a six-week program to groups of up to six children. To date, the program has helped more than 6,500 struggling readers.

A Salute to Barry Hoeven

A reception in Newport Coast was held celebrating the vision of the late Barry Hoeven, who founded Kure It Cancer Research 10 years ago to raise funds for research for underfunded cancers. More than 130 friends and supporters gathered to honor Hoeven's legacy and commit to his goal of donating $1 million a year to cancer research. Photography Reggie Ige

Newport Beach Film Festival Celebrates 19 Years

Featuring more than 350 films from 50 countries, the 19th Newport Beach Film Festival opened with the West Coast Premiere of Sundance hit, "American Animals," and proceeded during its eight-day run to also present nightly special events, red carpet galas, conversations with renowned filmmakers and international spotlight events and seminars. Celebrity attendess and festival honorees were the … Continued

Twenty-Five Years of Wild & Crazy Tacos

Share Our Selves' (SOS) 25th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night drew 650 guests to its Costa Mesa campus to sample delicious tacos from 23 local chefs. The popular fundraiser netted $82,800 to support the SOS Food Pantry to help feed Orange County residents at risk of going hungry. Photography Andy Templeton

The Literacy Project’s Fourth Annual “Readers in the Outfield”

The Literacy Project (TLP) and Angels Baseball came together to honor 100 students from schools in Anaheim and Santa Ana, who recently graduated from TLP's reading program. The kids enjoyed a hot dog lunch at Angel Stadium's Lexus Diamond Club, where they showed off their new reading skills to volunteers, sponsors and Angels Baseball alumni. Photography Tony … Continued

The Follies Fun Continues

CHOC Follies' 21st annual original musical production featuring 85 volunteer cast members showcased a toe-tapping "Footloose Follies" theme this year. The four performances, held at the Robert B. Moore Theater in Costa Mesa drew 2,150 attendees and netted more than $710,000 for CHOC Children's KidsCare Fund. Photography Michael Munson and Robert Rooks

Summer Is Here!!

Summer Is Here!!

I always love the lazy, and sometimes hazy, days of summer! Sometimes it takes getting into July to get those warm, sunny days, but they always come. The summer brings some amazing events to our doorstep. Four of them are featured in our Hot Summer Happenings feature. You may have guessed that the Festival of Arts and … Continued

OC Fair On Stage

OC Fair On Stage 1

 Article Ana Launes | Photography Provided  Another fantastic summer at the OC Fair is upon us and with it the opportunity to enjoy the great performances of the 2018 Toyota Summer Concert Series at Pacific Amphitheatre.  Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Thursday, July 12, 8:00 p.m.